University of Bath: Audio Visual Unit

News and developments in AV

GTA Refurbishment - Update 22 July 2016

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📥  Design Build Advise, Spaces

Work is gathering pace this week, with many of the teaching spaces starting to come back together.

4W and 6W have had a technology change, and will be released back into general usage shortly.

5W 2.1 and 2.3 have been repainted, pending some new AV equipment in the next week or two.

The progress on the other rooms is below!

3WN 2.1 on 22 July - starting to look like a theatre again.

3WN 2.1 on 22 July - starting to look like a theatre again.

 

3WN3.8 - please note the new windows.

3WN3.8 - please note the new windows.

 

4E3.10 - New flooring & Paintwork

4E3.10 - New flooring & Paintwork

 

4E2.61

4E2.61

 

4E2.56

4E2.56

 

1E3.9 PC Lab

1E3.9 PC Lab

 

1E3.6

1E3.6

 

 

 

SCHOMS Conference - Day 3

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📥  News

The final day of the Conference is usually shorter, with an early afternoon finish, to allow delegates to get back to their institutions.

The first sessionĀ  of the day was given by the UK InfoComm Rep - Chris Lavelle.

This was a speedy update of what the corporate membership (via SCHOMS) gives to member institutions; and how we can use it for InfoComm specific training sessions.

Certianly all of our staff here at Bath make use of this session, and we encourage everyone to take on the full CTS qualification they offer us through it.
http://www.schoms.ac.uk/schoms-announces-new-member-scheme-with-infocomm/

The second session was given by Terry Coe, from the University of Western Australia, who was representing the SCHOMS sister organisation the AETM. He came to give an update of the AETM activities, and to show us how they run projects in Australia.

We had a great run through of how complex a teaching lab build can be when you have corporate and departmental involvement.

Terry Coe - UWA

Terry Coe - UWA

The large session of that morning had an analysis of Lecture capture systems, and the use of Canvas.

lect_cap

There were lots of discussions in the sessions, and a report will be coming out in the near future - more to follow.

The final session of the Conference was given to Mark Burden from Swansea University, who took us through a fascinating insight into the provision of conferencing - in particular Skype for Business, Lync, and Pexip.

This was an interesting look at how conferencing is becoming more sought after; but the degree to which there is is interoperability between the systems is rising in importance. That and the ease of use for the users to be able to get meetings organised quickly.

Mark_Burden

There are lots of developments made recently, and one we watch with interest here at Bath - indeed we have plans in place for the future.
There is more information to come in the new future.

After closing remarks from the Chair - Paul Wood from Bangor University; we were treated to a quick video of the next host.

For next year I hand the baton over to Mark Warren at Keele University - and I also help him with organising the process for the next time!

The experience of hosting the conference was very rewarding and very tiring.

We recommend attendance whole-heartedly.

 

SCHOMS Conference - Day 2

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📥  Equipment, Live Event, Technology

After completing a very satisfying Day 1, the conference moved into the Exhibition and Systems Day of the conference.

Outside of BETT, the conference manufacturer and supplier exhibition was the largest in HE this year - which is some achievement. Indeed, it's given us food for thought for future events.

The first presentation of the day came from Professor Nigel John at the University of Chester, and focussed on the provision of a virtual training environment for medical procedures. This was a fascinating run through how well things have developed in 20 years. Even down to the newest form of student app for training on specific procedures. The assessment seems to show that it is of benefit to the students.
Some of Nigel's work is here:
http://medical-graphics.org/

After this first session, the Exhibition proper started:

exhibition1

If you'd like a rather good review of events - Lis from St. Mary's University has done it....
https://thepostmoderntechslacker.wordpress.com/2016/07/01/schoms-exhibition-at-the-university-of-bath/

There were two parallel sessions later in the morning, just before lunch

  1. Marc Poffley from Crestron presenting EDID - http://www.crestron.com/downloads/pdf/product_misc/4k_whitepaper.pdf
  2. Sarah Davies from JISC presenting Digital Capabilities.

We attended the session by Sarah.

It covered the production of a new service, and the process of working with stakeholders and sector bodies, to provide clear guidance over what digital skills are required - and equip leaders and staff with the tools and resources they need to improve digital capability at a local or institutional level.

It looks like a very robust way to approach developing skills.

six-elements-wide

https://www.jisc.ac.uk/rd/projects/building-digital-capability

In the afternoon, there were two other parallel sessions:

  1. Matthew Green and Jonathan Rhodes from University of Wolverhampton presenting Teaching Science.
  2. Rob Hyde and Sarah Turpin from University of Bath presenting the LITEbox project.

Obviously I was presenting the second session!

litebox

We covered the whole LITEbox development, and collected feedback from the audience about how other universities conduct this process. It's being used going forward to inform the direction of our project!

The final session of the day was a duble-header; the SCHOMS bursary scheme, and the Benchmarking Exercise.

The SCHOMS bursary scheme is designed to assist members to take a project on that will be of benefit to the community. This year's beneficiary was Caroline Pepper at Loughborough who used the funding to conduct a benchmarking with several other universities - including us at Bath, to examine the running of AV services.

The results have provided an interesting insight into the operation and differences across the sector.

More information is here: http://www.schoms.ac.uk/aim-to-build-on-schoms-bursary-impact/

After a final visit to the Exhibition, we then broke for the SCHOMS Conference Dinner, which this year was held in the Pump House at the Roman Baths:

Photo courtesy of Adrian Brett

Photo courtesy of Adrian Brett

dinner

I think we can agree.... It was a brilliant evening, and will be quite hard to follow!

 

GTA Refurbishment - Summer Update #1

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📥  Design Build Advise, Spaces

We thought we'd let you have an insight into the work that is going on behind the scenes in some of the GTA spaces over this summer's build project.

As you can see, we're not just updating the technology (which we are doing), but we're preparing the rooms for a full set of infrastructure for the future years. This includes the furniture, the infrastructure cabling, wiring, lights (in some places) and teaching stations.

We're all very busy!

1E2.4 - Stripped Out

1E2.4 - Stripped Out

1E3.6 waiting for attention

1E3.6 waiting for attention

This was a PC Lab!

This was a PC Lab!

3WN2.1 - Empty

3WN2.1 - Empty

3WN2.1

3WN2.1 Flooring change

3WN3.7

3WN3.7 Stripped to the floor

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3WN3.7 - The boards are being replaced with something new

3WN3.8

New windows for 3WN3.8

4E3.10

4E3.10 Asbestos removal from Windows and Wall

 

GTA Refurbishment

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📥  Design Build Advise, Spaces

The GTA refurbishment is going along at quite a pace.

The bulk of the work so far has been spent in dealing with the asbestos works in 1E, 2E and 4E.

Many of the other rooms are also starting to be redecorated.

4E3.10

4E3.10

4E3.10_1

4E3.10_cabling

The full list of what we're doing is here:

Summer Upgrades

Please contact us if you'd like to know any more.

 

 

SCHOMS Conference - Preliminary and Day 1

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📥  Technology

This week we were the host venue for the annual SCHOMS conference.

SCHOMS is the professional association for the support services for education technology. The annual conference provides an opportunity for those rare and likeminded Heads and senior staff to meet and discuss any and everything related to providing technology in support of teaching.

The events this year started with an evening social gathering on the Monday night for those travelling from some distance. It allowed for introductions and buddying up of the new with the old members. We were lucky to have several new members attend, including from the Universities of Malta and from Western Australia. The evening coincided with the England - Iceland football international; which unfortunately for some led to a more sombre evening!

It was a delight to welcome everyone to the University in Bath.

The conference proper started on the Tuesday morning, with a welcome from the current Chair, Paul Wood, from the University of Bangor in North Wales.

The opening address was given by the University of Bath's Vice Principal, Steve Egan. It held an empassioned thought on the processes in the recent Brexit vote, and the effects it may have for Universities, and a guided tour through what the University of Bath is, and the different way that we operate - our uniqueness. It was a great opening to conference.

schoms_start

It was great to see that our LITEbox project got a great mention and support.
All told there were 67 delegates from all across the UK, and guests from across the globe.

The next session held the audience attention well - Shane Cryer from Ecophon presented a session on the slightly dry topic of room acoustics.
The session included a sort of 'hearing test' for the delegates to see if they could hear specific frequency tones. Sufficed to say that not everyone in the audience could! However, there were some more startling effects to be measured through some recent research:

ecophon_openplan

There were some stark advice that I could take from the sessions:

BB93 (Building Bulletin - from the Dept for Education) suggests that the target reverberation rating should be a maximum of 0.8. Where there are students with qualifications under Equality Act, then we should aim for under 0.4.
In practice, it would seem that most teaching rooms really will struggle to comply with these measurements. The good news is that we already have options to measure this effect in rooms - and we will go through a process this year of measuring the performance of our rooms.

The next session of the morning was the formal launch of the SCHOMS / UCISA / AUDE joint report entitled 'Learning Space Toolkit'. Many of us in the sector have had some input into this report. It will give the reader a good start on how to look at their learning spaces, and then start to manage them going into the future.
It's by no means the right way to do it, and it will not suit some, but it is a good foundation to work with.

After the business of the AGM, the day moved on to quick look at some facilities on campus.

Through the course of the tour, we were treated to a guided look at the facilities by members of the AV Unit. In University Hall, there was also a live demostration of a great product developed by Robin Sheilds, from the School of Management, called 2sli.de.
It allows the presenter to:

  • Interact with the audience through polls and discussion questions
  • Enables the user to annotate slides and move objects on the slide using a smartphone or tablet whilst the user is presenting

It can be considered as a presenter's way of trying to do presentations, but improving the interactivity as the session develops....More information is available here:
http://2sli.de/blog/demo

We would encourage everyone to look at the great solution - it's free!

After lunch, the afternoon session was provided by us at Bath.

It started off with Amanda Wylie - Staff Development Manager at the University - with a session about understanding how the support staff will relate to the users of the service.

We did this by looking at the 4 colour energies of personalities, and how you can use them to keep someone's attention. It was a very useful session! It's surprising how many people you can fit into these categories.

Colour Energies

As part of this session, some of the delegates were asked to make the shape of a rabbit whilst blindfolded and under time pressure. The results were 'interesting'.

rabbit

However it was a thought-provoking session about how you deal with personal situations.

The final session of the day was provided by Dr. John Troyer, from the University's Faculty of Health.
For a group of people, John has an interesting look on 'What is Technology?'.Given a background in University support services himself, the ideas are slightly left-field. It was a timely remider that technology may become ubiquitous and we might not think about them as technology any more. Devices such as pens, compound lenses in glasses and even books - not just even electronic ones.

However, the finest thought for us to really consider is not the use of technology, but the lifespan of technology. How we plan for the lifespan of a piece of technology, from selection to eventual obsolescence is more important than anything else. Does the statement of 'forever' really mean forever for data, or the use of files, or the lifespan of the physical equipment? This could lead to the perpetuation of fads in education - whereas we might like to think about the systemic entirety rather than popularity of use.

 

 

Panopto Upgrade

📥  News

Panopto have told us that they intend to upgrade their servers for Panopto 5.2.

This means that the server will go off for a while:

Saturday June 25 - 20:00 to 23:00

During the time or Re:View site is offline, we are not be able to access recordings on your server.
If we attempt to upload from the PCs, it will result in a "Server unable to connect" message.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

a.v.bookings@bath.ac.uk

 

Summer Upgrades

  

📥  Design Build Advise, Equipment, Projects, Spaces

This summer, we are rebuilding many of the teaching spaces.

Full rebuilds (Furniture, Decoration, Equipment):

  • 1E
  • 2E (but not 3.1)
  • 3WN
  • 4E (not 3.38)

Equipment refresh & Decoration:

  • 5W
  • Council Chamber

Equipment Refresh

  • 4W
  • 6W

1E3.6, 4E2.56 and 4E3.5 will become twin projector rooms - so you can show 2 sources side-by-side.

3WN2.1 will be fitted with camera tracking (similar to University Hall).

These rooms are being upgraded to the latest AV Specification. They are also being fully rewired to give the latest standard of cabling.

From the start of the new academic year, all of these rooms will be equipped with a full set of digital interfaces, so any form of laptop can be plugged in.

The rooms will have a full lecture capture interface, so that anything the students see on the projection screens or displays will be captured.

An addition to that, the rooms are also getting Apple and Miracast display sharing devices - so you will be able to present from a tablet or latest model laptop wirelessly.

Please contact us if you would like to know any more details.